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I was and am super excited to get a chance to teach BG baby sign language. We received a Baby Sign Language Standard Kit, which comes with:
- BSL Guide Book – shows you how to teach your child how to sign. The book begins with a Quick Start Guide that will teach you your first signs and having you ready to sign in 30 minutes. As your baby progresses, you can delve into more advanced topics like combining signs to make phrases, using props, and transitioning to speech.
- Signing Dictionary Dictionary – contains over 600 signs including the most common words, the alphabet and numbers. The dictionary helps you expand your child’s vocabulary, and has the breadth of coverage that lets you follow your child’s interests. Each sign is illustrated with two diagrams, showing you the starting position, the ending position, and intermediate motion.
- Flash Cards – 52 sturdy board (4×6 inches) flash cards, covering a variety of basic signs. The flash cards allow you to teach words, such as animal names, that Baby is not exposed to in everyday life. The face of the flash cards shows the word and image for the child. The back of the flash cards show how the sign is performed, a handy reminder for the adult.
- Wall Chart – the 24′ x 36′ chart includes 22 basic signs, and makes a handy reminder for caregivers.
This packet came with very colorful flash cards, a wall poster, a teachers guide, a dictionary, and a cute tshirt. The guide gets you going, explaining how the system works and helping you learn how to effectively teach your child. It’s terrific that the flash cards come in a case, to help protect them and keep them from getting separated. The design of the cards is great because as baby sees it you as the teacher know from the back of the card what should be going on, which is much easier then looking at the other side of the card with the child.
The wall poster is helpful because it serves as a great reminder for signs we’re practicing, and lets some family members gain exposure to and get familiar with signs yet to be introduced. The dictionary will be very helpful later I’m sure, to build on and expand upon signs already learned.
I was very surprised but happy with my older children trying the signs with me. We have “more” down pat with our 2 year old who is just starting speech therapy. The older kids are helping me teach RG so I love the fact that it can be a family learning experience. BG is our youngest and right now when you show him a sign he just laughs at you or stares at your hands which is good so he sees it but he definitely won’t be signing until he is more around one.
The package we received came with what you need which was great but as I was going through some of the signs the hand movement was questionable on my part. Most of the pictures are very easy to read and figure out, but maybe an online video for some of the harder signs just for the teacher to figure out the movement would be helpful. love this idea for a product. This would be a great shower gift, holiday gift or even birthday gift.
Do you know any children that might enjoy learning to sign, or need help learning to sign?